Former Hardin County sergeant pleads guilty to lying

Jerry Roberts facing up to eight years in federal prison.

By Daniel Elizondo

A former Hardin County Sheriff Department sergeant pleaded guilty today in a federal courtroom to making a false statement to a federal agent.

Jerry Lynn Roberts, 46, made the plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn in Beaumont.

Roberts was dismissed by the Hardin County Sheriff Department in March 2013 after it was found that he was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney General’s office on allegations of possession of child pornography.

Federal agents executed a search warrant at Roberts’ residence in Lumberton on March 6, 2013 to search for evidence of child porn that was mailed to a P.O. Box in Silsbee under the name “Jerry Roberts”, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Investigators found that child porn was ordered using his credit card, email address, and his cell phone number.

Roberts agreed to be interviewed by a U.S. Postal Inspector. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Roberts told federal agents that he did not order the pornography, and was unfamiliar with the website.

Investigators did not find child pornography at the residence in Lumberton, however it was confirmed that he did order and charge the suspected videos to his credit card.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 5, 2015.

Roberts faces up to eight years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul A. Hable and Christopher T. Tortorice.

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